Senate issues two more subpoenas for Michael Flynn's documents An error occurred

Cheryl Sanders
May 24, 2017

Burr said the committee also sent a letter to Flynn lawyer Robert Kelner, challenging them on the claim that Flynn could assert Fifth Amendment rights in lieu of handing over documents.

In a letter Monday to the committee's chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., urged the oversight chairman to subpoena the White House for documents that detail its process for vetting Flynn.

The committee has two leading options at its disposal (other than doing nothing) to try to force Flynn to cough up the documents it has subpoenaed.

The committee also sent a letter to Flynn's lawyer on Tuesday, questioning the legal basis for Flynn's refusal to produce the subpoenaed documents.

Senators Richard Burr and Mark Warner, the top Republican and Democrat on the panel, told reporters on Capitol Hill they were considering "all options" available to compel Flynn's cooperation with their investigation.

Trump fired FBI Director James Comey earlier this month, news that was followed by reports that the president tried to steer Comey away from investigating Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and possible connections between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

"We'll leave that up to the committees, but he should comply and there will be consequences if he doesn't", the minority leader said. Trump associates Paul Manafort and Roger Stone have provided the committee with information, while former campaign adviser Carter Page has not.

Flynn was the first victim of Trump administration leaks after he told Vice President Mike Pence that he did not discuss sanctions with a Russian ambassador in a conversation before the election.

If Mr Flynn continues to refuse to comply with Senate investigators, it is thought they could vote to hold him in contempt of Congress, or even refer his case for possible criminal charges.

Hours later, Elijah Cummings, senior Democrat on the House oversight committee, cited what he said were inconsistencies in Mr Flynn's disclosures to United States investigators in early 2016 during his security clearance review.

At a hearing Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Coats said he couldn't confirm or deny the report.

Citing internal Pentagon documents, Cummings said they "appear to indicate that General Flynn lied to the investigators who interviewed him in 2016 as part of his security clearance renewal".

The source close to Flynn said it would be "highly imprudent for him not to exercise his Fifth Amendment rights" given that several members of Congress have called for his prosecution.

"We've taken actions that we feel are appropriate right now", Burr said. "We would like to hear from Gen Flynn".

Democratic senators wrote a letter to the Senate Committee containing new information regarding Michael Flynn.

Legal experts have said Flynn was unlikely to turn over the personal documents without immunity because he would be waiving some of his constitutional protections by doing so.

Mr Flynn is also being investigated by the Department of Defense, after it was revealed that he received payments from Russian Federation and Turkey shortly after leaving the Pentagon.

The House intelligence panel, meanwhile, is requesting documents from former Trump campaign communications adviser Michael Caputo.

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